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If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!

When it comes to computers and gadgets, I always trust my husband Don’s opinion. He can be extremely picky at what he likes and what he doesn’t like–usually for very good reasons. Because he owns a computer business, he has to use a lot of different computer products, so he writes a lot of reviews on his blog. I thought his latest entry was of particular interest because it illustrates the old adage: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. He talks about how he loves using the old clickety-clack keyboards that used to come with the old IBM PC computers. But keyboards are made so differently now, they just don’t seem to work as well. He has really big fingers and types so fast that on some laptop keyboards, the keys literally go flying off! And I can certainly relate (though not because he’s my husband). I, too, love the old clickety-clack keyboards and wish they’d bring them back. I mean, why change something that works? Change for the sake of change isn’t necessarily a good thing. And unfortunately, they just don’t make things like they used to. No sirree!

Take a look at his entry and see if you think the new keyboards are the anti-DIFF.

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  1. Okey dokey. I’ll bite! I, too, am picky about my keyboard. I think the reason that some people care, and most people don’t, is clear in the post about the keyboard itself, the last link in your post.
    The reason is that people who know how to touch type rely on the “old, standard” keyboard because their muscle memory is established. Very few people know why there is a bump on the “f” and “j” keys — that’s so the secretary could pick up the phone to answer and go right back to typing, locating *her* fingers without having to look. (Yes, I’m reinforcing a stereotype because it’s 99% true!)
    So, when you mess with the spacing of the keys, you really throw off touch typists.
    Maybe that’s why I have a couple extra old keyboards stored in my basement… if you can’t rely on IBM to leave the keyboard alone, who can you trust? ;-)

    Posted by: Christy | February 15, 2007
  2. I always thought the bumps on the F and J keys were for blind people. I guess you learn something new everyday.

    Posted by: Jeff Williams | February 15, 2007
  3. You can pick up replica keyboards that try to fill this void left by IBM. For example, CVT offers one with “click/tactile” keys. There are 3 or 4 others out there too that “feel” like the old IBM.
    http://www.cvtinc.com/products/keyboards/prime.htm

    Posted by: Chad | February 15, 2007
  4. Thanks, Chad! That’s great info for those who don’t have a ton of old computer stuff in their basement. See http://www.whatsthediff.com/2007/01/got_junk.html I still have keyboards. ;-)

    Posted by: Christy | February 16, 2007

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